Kitchen Remodeling Revitalizes a Historical Colonial

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EXISTING KITCHEN: Built in 1916, this colonial-style home located in the Meridian Kessler district featured a kitchen with many historical design elements including a maid’s quarters, butler’s pantry and a small kitchen. “Our house has been in the family for three generations. The last renovation to the kitchen had been done in 1950. Needless to say, the cabinets were in bad shape and the layout of the kitchen no longer functioned well for family life in today’s world. We wanted to modernize the kitchen with clean lines and a gray color pallet and also preserve the historical look to be consistent with the rest of our home.”


OPEN-CONCEPT:  To give the homeowners an open-concept kitchen, the walls separating the kitchen, butler’s pantry and maid’s quarters were removed to create one large open space. A new beam was installed in the ceiling to support the second floor. Two double hung windows with colonial lites replaced the existing doors and helps fill the room with natural light.


KITCHEN CABINETS & COUNTERTOPS: The shaker style of the gray perimeter cabinets is clean lined, while the traditional hardware adds to the historic look. At the heart of the kitchen, the large island features maple cabinetry in an “Arctic White” finish topped with a leathered black pearl granite countertop. In addition, the island features plenty of seating space which allows the homeowners to mingle with guests while cooking for large parties.



CLASSIC FINISHES: The backsplash features traditional 3 x 6 “Ice White” subway tile with a contrasting gray colored grout. A Kohler apron front sink was chosen for its classic look and ability to easily wash large pots and pans. “The flooring was one of the most important details considered during the design phase. The rest of the first floor is all original wide plank peg and groove hardwood and we wanted to continue that look into the kitchen.” Engineered wood flooring in a “Cumin” color blends perfectly with the existing hardwood floors and is also a much more cost effective option vs. installing custom peg and groove hardwood.


FINAL RESULT: “What we love most about the kitchen is the openness and the overall look. We love to cook and entertain. We can now do both of those things at the same time because of the open layout and extra seating space at the island.”


IMG_6707EXISTING BASEMENT: This home, located in the Village of West Clay subdivision in West Carmel, was built in 2011. Although the original basement was finished with drywall and carpet, the space was an entertainment lackluster. “With my wife being from Florida and me being a sports fanatic, we wished to create a space that felt like a retro-beach sports pub.”


WET BAR: Once the existing carpet was removed from the bar area, the concrete was cut for new plumbing and electrical for the island microwave and receptacles. To give the bar a retro-beach look, the homeowners chose maple cabinets in a Dorian Gray finish along with a glass subway tile backsplash called “Glass Water” to remind them of the Key West beaches. Solid surface countertops in a Lava Rock color were chosen to compliment the cabinetry and backsplash.


Giving the area the desired sports pub look, the raised bar on the island features a maple wood top with a custom Chicago style bar rail stained in an espresso finish.


MEDIA AREA: New entertainment cabinetry was installed and stained to match the raised bar. Interior cabinet pullouts were installed to easily store and access movies and gaming discs. A decorative panel border was placed around the TV and also stained to match the espresso finish in the bar. Six floating shelves, approximately 3’-0” in length and 12” in depth, flank the flat screen TV to showcase the homeowners’ favorite movie inspired decor items.


POOL TABLE AREA: Paint grade poplar wainscoting was installed around the perimeter of the room that also coordinates with the paneling detail of the back of the bar island. Two drink ledges were placed in the corners. The wainscoting was then painted a dark gray color to coordinate with the bar cabinetry.


FINAL RESULT: “The basement is a perfect blend of our mutual hobbies. It makes my wife feel at home and it is the perfect place for me to entertain and watch football games with my friends. Of the entire space, the glass tile backsplash and the wainscoting are our favorite elements just because they add so much to the look of the basement.”

A Pool House Swims in Functionality & Rustic Style


ORIGINAL DECK/PATIO: This home, located on a wooden lot in the Claybridge subdivision in West Carmel, was built in 1992. “The woods in our backyard was overgrown and the original fence line blocked the view of the lake behind our house. While thinking through our landscaping plans, we decided to do it right and add a covered patio with a fireplace to create an outdoor gathering area for our family.”


STRUCTURAL DESIGN: Set on a new concrete pier foundation and patio, the 324 square foot covered porch features many design elements which not only provides structural support, but also adds to the desired rustic design. Once the foundation work was complete, 6×6 decorative cedar columns were installed to support the porch roof. Rough sawn cedar trusses with black painted steel gusset plates were installed to provide additional structural support while also adding to the desired rustic look.


FIREPLACE DETAILS: The stately fireplace was designed with functionality top of mind. Stone veneer in a “Chestnut Ashlar” color was installed over the concrete masonry unit fireplace. The interior fireplace wall features a 6” recess for the TV, two firewood storage areas and two weatherproof cabinets for lighting and media equipment. A gas line and valve was installed for the fireplace gas start system.


EXTERIOR FINISH & LIGHTING: A green metal roof with matching gutters and downspouts were installed.  A finish coat of stain was applied to the columns, siding, cedar trim and beadboard ceiling to complete the final look of the covered porch.


In order to provide adequate lighting for evening entertainment, six well lights were installed around the perimeter of each cedar column. A ceiling fan/light in a bronze finish was also installed on a dimmable switch.


FINAL RESULT:  All design elements came together to create the perfect poolside retreat with year-round appeal. “What we love most about the patio is being able to watch TV outside while also enjoying the beautiful view of the woods and lake. It’s where we all go for relaxation.”